ADB is focusing on its core areas of expertise to support programs that improve health in Asia and the Pacific. These are:
ADB works to optimize the health impacts of infrastructure operations, especially in water and sanitation, and to mitigate possible adverse health impacts such as road accidents and the transmission of communicable diseases (particularly HIV/AIDS) in transport projects. This is achieved by improving project design and implementation, and by monitoring health and social indicators, in particular for women and the poor.
Financing of health care has become a major policy challenge for many countries in Asia and the Pacific. ADB continues to use its resources to help improve economic governance in health service delivery. In particular, ADB's health sector governance projects focus on:
ADB supports regional partnerships, studies, and initiatives in the health sector due to the social, economic and health costs of cross-border infectious diseases. This includes pandemic preparedness, responses to environmental health and climate change, and global health security issues. ADB-commissioned knowledge products for health draw on areas of ADB expertise and operations.
ADB supports these health-related regional partnerships, studies, and alliances: